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The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire

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Forbes: the legendary name in finance journalism. Synonymous with wealth, grand excess, glamour, and fun as well as style, insight, gossip, and hard-nosed reporting, the media empire and the family behind it form a remarkable story that has never been told. Now, in The Fall of the House of Forbes, veteran journalist Stewart Pinkerton reveals the hidden machinations, disast ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Dima Pironkova
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тази книга хвърля надълбоко в света на американските медии и в сърцето на списание Форбс. Сигурно семейство Форбс се е хванало за главата, като е излязла от печат. Но е хубаво и важно светът да знае подобни истории, които са разказани по интелигентен начин и с намигване. История за това как едно бедно шотландче с талант построява корпоративна империя в страната на неограничените възможности и как синовете и внуците му я опропастяват от алчност и глупост. История за това, че семейната компания е ...more
Grady
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.'

Stewart Pinkerton has created a profoundly important book with THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF FORBES, not only because he has a plethora of inside information about one of the wealthiest families in America and is able to share the secrets of this money mad family with the reader, but also because he demonstrates the skills of a brilliant new writer. He has been the managing editor of Forbes Magazine (the topic of this biopic!) as
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Ина Дилова
Очаквах повече. Много повече, но едва ли Пинкертън ми е виновен. Последните страници се опитват да наваксат жълтееща биографичност. И донякъде успяват. Има и безспорни попадения като..."Боядисан в любимите цветове на Малкълм – доларовозелено и златно – самолетът разполагаше с разточителен интериор". Разплакващо...Не знам дали Форбс са чели списанието си, но клишетата в журналистиката (и/или преводите), пък била тя и финансова, ще откажат и конкуренцията да чете. Определено е забавно четиво, с ко ...more
Caitlin
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm fascinated by any media empire so I was really excited to come across this book on my library's new non-fiction shelf! I was not too interested in the brief chapters on BC Forbes's childhood, but I really enjoyed reading about Malcolm Forbes's eccentric personality and excessive lifestyle. I also loved reading about Forbes.com vs its print and the utter failure at integrating the two, and the Forbes brothers' blindness to how web can REALLY be leveraged. The history of the Forbes list and ho ...more
Ema Takeda
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pinkerton dramatically chronicles the Forbes family legacy and company management, and effectively spins his story into a page turner. Much of his narrative is based on personal recollection, public knowledge, and close contacts, and lacks support from the Forbes family. Nevertheless, the book gives intriguing insight into the Forbes fortress, and presents a revealing perspective of the publishing company that is applicable to the overall industry today.
Fred Forbes
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on my name, this is a tough title! I met Steve at an investment conference and had a few minutes to chat. My Forbes forbear arrived in the 1600's, his in the mid 1800's so our relationship is lost in the mists of Scottish history. I enjoyed the story of B C Forbes and the antics of son Malcolm. Stories told by a magazine insider were interesting. Good read, sad ending which is still in process.
Ramesh Prabhu
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A venerated editor, a rookie reporter, and the sparks that flew between them, leading to a brilliant expose of Avon -- http://goo.gl/94lOD (The Reading Room)

Also read: Why amateur bloggers will never replace journalists -- http://goo.gl/5pcSr (The Reading Room)."
Jack Goodstein
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Insider dishes the dirt on the hand that once fed him--but it is filled with entertaining anecdotes.
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Education: Princeton University, New York Law School

Contributing Writer at The Wall Street Journal

Past: Managing Editor at Forbes Magazine, News Assistant, Staff Reporter, N.Y. Bureau Chief, Asst. Mng Editor, Depty. Mng Editor at The Wall Street Journal
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